Kalu calls for unity to develop Zambian football
Lusaka, March 29th, 2014, ZANIS — Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya says there is need for unity among stakeholders if Zambian football is to develop further.
Kalusha said efforts made in previous years would only bear fruit if all stakeholders acted as one.
The FAZ president said this in a his speech at the 2014 FAZ non-elective general meeting held at Mulungushi Rock of Authority , today.
“We are stronger when we act together,” Kalusha said.
“Zambian football will only be further developed by team work and we make an excellent team. We have come a long way to be where we are today. We have risen from our lowest moments to the top of the continent and our crusade for even more success continues.
“We should keep our heads up, enjoy our work and always aspire to be better than we were the day before.
“Step by step, yes even the little steps we take at our clubs, districts and provinces will take us to bigger things and help us realise our dreams.
“ Let us open our minds and continue to guard our football and association so that we do not lose track and risk losing the gains that we have made over the course of this journey,” he said.
The FAZ chief , according to FAZ official website, has also commented on various concerns raised by the football community following the enactment of club licencing into FAZ statutes at the 2013 annual general meeting.
“I am fully aware of the concerns many of you may have had or still have regarding the restructuring of our football processes at clubs, in particular relationships with our various clubs’ parent or holding companies and sponsors.
“I am pleased to inform you that we have taken into account the unique nature of the structure of long standing Zambian football sponsors.
“When implementing the various articles that will be in our guide to club licencing, we will take into account and protect aspects that safeguard all of you and the existence of all of our clubs.
“There should be no concern because any anxieties you may have about our clubs’ existence are matters we anticipated and are not a disadvantage. They are a unique point of our football which we need to incorporate in our club licencing manual,” he said
Kalusha further said the FAZ Executive Committee had undertaken to engage both CAF and FIFA that having more than one club under institutions like the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force, Zambia National Service, Zambia Police and mining companies was not a hindrance but a unique feature which would spell out how various clubs could still be under one umbrella without affecting any of them Negatively.